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Young ethnic minorities people must be to the future producers and not just consumers

Press Release
For immediate release
The Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG), a national charity based in London, is celebrating twenty five years of working across the public, private and voluntary sectors to champion national and local action to reduce racial inequalities for young ethnic minority people aged 11-30 years.
To mark this milestone BTEG has organised three Inspire and Challenge lectures where speakers will deliver new and future facing perspectives on business, criminal justice and education. These will take place in Manchester, Bristol and London. The target audience for the lectures are policy makers, local leaders, community groups, employers, education, skills and employment practitioners and young people.
Today’s lecture, at Manchester Metropolitan University, is:
Business instinct: Young ethnic minorities should be to be the future producers and not just consumers
Thursday 24 November 2016, 5.30pm - 8.30pm
Jeremy Crook OBE, Chief Executive of BTEG, says:
“We are delighted that our lecture will take place in Manchester with the support of Grace Incorporation Faith Trust (GIFT) and Manchester Metropolitan University. We hosted youth events in the City with local groups on several occasions.”
“The theme of our lecture is how we start to generate a business instinct in young people. In recent years the government and youth enterprise agencies have raised the profile of enterprise learning and provides finance for start-ups but exposure to entrepreneurship in many low income families and communities is still poor. Its time to change that situation. Surveys indicate that Asian, African, and African-Caribbean communities have high self-employment aspirations but the actual rates of self-employment remain low for some ethnic minority groups.”
“BTEG wants to start a conversation about how we encourage and stimulate school age young people to aspire to be producers and not consumers. The education system is geared towards equipping young people for higher education and to lesser degree apprenticeships. We know that the drop out rate for black students in the first year of their degrees 11% much higher than any other ethnic group and only 10.6% of apprentices in England are from ethnic minority backgrounds. Starting a business should be a first choice of young ethnic minority people and not the reaction to an unfair labour market.”
Professor Monder Ram, University of Birmingham, says:
“Policy makers are missing a golden opportunity to change the toxic narrative on migration by ignoring the entrepreneurial potential of ethnic minority communities. Young migrants are likely to be most affected by the post-Brexit climate given the youthfulness of the ethnic minority communities.”
The guest speakers are:
Professor Monder Ram, University of Birmingham
Kamilah Francis, Young Entrepreneur
Sully Ali, Young Entrepreneur
Karen Kawadza, Editor of Eminent Youth Journal 2014
1. For more information: 
2. The event is supported by local Manchester organisations: Manchester Metropolitan University and Grace Incorporation Faith Trust (GIFT), Director Henry Ngawoofah Tel: 0161 636 7582       
3. The lecture venue is Brooks Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, 53 Birley Street, Manchester M15 6GX            
4.   More information about this event can be found here
5. BTEG address: 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP. Registered charity No: 1056043


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